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Is Dizziness a Surprising Symptom of Menopause?

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

Dizziness is a symptom of menopause that some women experience, even though briefly. There are three types of dizziness sensations that are felt by some menopausal women:

  • Spinning or whirling
  • A temporary loss of balance
  • Near fainting sensation

Chances are that a dizziness feeling comes upon a woman when her environment has turned to a menopausal feeling of panic attacks, hot flashes, or high anxiety. When these feelings occur, breathing and heart rate levels are rapid and unsteady, which disturbs the blood flow and oxygen to the brain, causing dizziness during menopause. The female hormones of estrogen and progesterone are in constant flux during menopause and are responsible for its many symptoms. As estrogen and progesterone decrease*, the body’s reaction are to change regular circulatory blood vessel flow, resulting in dizziness due to fluctuating blood pressure.

Herbal Remedies

There are home tips and herbal remedies that can ease* dizziness bouts. These include drinking about 8 glasses of water a day to remain hydrated. During menopause, hormone changes can change a woman’s ability to retain the right amount of water it needs to function properly. When getting ready to stand, take it slowly, don’t suddenly jump up or move too quickly, which can lead to a slight dizziness sensation. Drink a cup of ginger tea, about twice a day, because ginger stimulates circulation. Also, OTC iron liquids and supplements are very helpful to reduce* causes of dizziness due to rapid blood flow and circulation. Herbal remedies like agnus castus, ginkgo biloba, ginger, and soy isoflavones are formulated to improve* blood flow to the head. Other herbs which mimic hormone chemicals, include Saint Johns Wort, black cohosh, dong quai, red clover, and evening primrose.

Diet and Exercise

Diet and exercise are important in avoiding dizziness during menopause. Avoid eating foods that contain high levels of sodium, because sodium can cause water retention, which may disturb a woman’s balance. Also, avoid or lessen drinking a lot of caffeinated fluids because caffeine acts on the nervous system and acts as a stimulator. Even though there will be plenty of days when women who suffer from menopause symptoms, that exercise is the last thing you want to do. However, light exercise is important in keeping the mind and body functioning and aids* in the reduction* of equilibrium problems by releasing more endorphins. Add more foods to your daily diet that contain phytoestrogens, which are foods that contain chemicals that act like estrogen. These food products are:

  • Apples
  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Legumes
  • Potatoes
  • Seaweed
  • Soy products
  • Tofu

Dizziness during menopause is not an everyday event and is considered a rare symptom, however, if there are reoccurrences of feeling lightheaded or faint, consult your primary physician, because it could be the result of other health related issues.

Vitamins and Minerals

Certain vitamins and minerals have long held the reputation of being brain boosters, which in turn decreases* the chance of dizziness and other menopausal symptoms. These natural super brain agents are vitamin E with alpha tocopherol and gamma tocopherol, which are antioxidants that protect* the brain and the blood flow to the brain. Enriched products containing vitamin E are whole grain flour, green leafy vegetables, almonds, sunflower oil and corn oil. Include vitamin B complex supplements to help sway dizziness sensations, in the form of B6 and B12, but keep it at or under the 50 mg daily dose. Magnesium also protects* the brain from harmful neurotoxins, which are free to flow through the blood stream, when estrogen levels drop.

Alternative Medicine

Women from ages 40 up, are embracing alternative medicines and treatments to combat the many annoying and uncomfortable symptoms from menopause. For the small percentage of women who experience dizziness, they are turning to acupuncture, which has been a long standing treatment for dizziness during menopause. Other alternative therapies are also helpful, which include aromatherapy, massages, and yoga. Yoga combines controlled breathing, posing and meditation as an effective means in decreasing* the number of hot flashes, dizziness, the sweats, and other symptoms during perimenopausal and menopause. Message and aromatherapy can really go hand in hand, when aromatherapy oils are applied directly to the skin, penetrating deeply with massage motions to reach the fatty areas of the body where hormones are produced. Essential oils that are good for the body and mind, are lemon, peppermint, chamomile, jasmin, clary sage, geranium, lavender, cypress, and neroli.

Menopausal Hormone Therapy Treatments

What about advancements in menopausal hormone therapy (“MHT”) treatments for women who are experiencing debilitating menopausal symptoms. Continued research and studies are being conducted with findings that are clearer and safer for women of menopause age. MHT is effective for the prevention of osteoporosis related fractures in women before age 60 or within 10 years after menopause. Low dose estrogen therapy is best prescribed by physicians, especially to help with vaginal dryness, extreme dizziness symptoms (which is rare), and hot flashes that nearly cripple some women. The risks of disease, stroke, heart disease or cancer is diminished* in modern MHT research treatments, but specific options should continue to be discussed with patients and physicians.